Thoughts from a 21st century educator.

## Reflection: ETEC 533 - Technology in the Mathematics and Science Classroom (elective course)

This was one of the few courses I took which was related directly to my current teaching practice.  I teach mathematics and science, and so I found this course practical and have used some of the concepts and ideas from this course in my practice.  In fact, one of the areas we looked at in some detail was the Jasper video series (Barron & Kantor, 1993), which was intended to ground some mathematical concepts in a video format.

## Artifact: Analysis of video interview of a fellow teacher describing their views toward technology

Again, as part of my ETEC 533 class, we are supposed to interview someone who teachers mathematics or science and find out from them what their opinion and perspective is on the use of technology in a mathematics or science classroom.  The table below includes a partial transcription on the left of an interview with a senior science teacher at my school.  It is clear from the interview that the teacher makes pretty extensive use of various types of technology as part of their teaching practice.

## Artifact: What is the Effect of Technology Training for Teachers on Student Achievement?

Abstract

This paper discusses the importance of teacher training in technology.  One important question is looked at, specifically; does training in technology lead to increased student achievement?  First we focus on the effectiveness of teacher training in technology, and then we look at the effectiveness of the use of technology on student learning.

Introduction

## Artifact: Casino Island (Group work)

Here is a website we created as part of ETEC 533.  I did the behind the scenes coding necessary, and together we came up with the ideas on how to fill the pages.  We also collectively populated the pages with our information.

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### Quotations

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.

C.S. Lewis

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Aristotle

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

Mark Twain

The regular course was Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with; and then the different branches of Arithmetic - Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.

Lewis Carroll

Learning is more than the acquisition of the ability to think; it is the acquisition of many specialised abilities for thinking about a variety of things

Lev Vygotsky

Knowing reality means constructing systems of transformations that correspond, more or less adequately, to reality.

Jean Piaget

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.

Socrates

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

John Dewey

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

Albert Einstein

If I know you're very good in music, I can predict with just about zero accuracy whether you're going to be good or bad in other things.

Howard Gardner